Punishment (2 Cor. 2:6)

“This punishment

By the majority

Was enough

For such a person.”

ἱκανὸν τῷ τοιούτῳ ἡ ἐπιτιμία αὕτη ἡ ὑπὸ τῶν πλειόνων,

Paul said that this punishment (ἡ ἐπιτιμία αὕτη) by the majority (ἡ ὑπὸ τῶν πλειόνων) was enough for such a person (ἱκανὸν τῷ τοιούτῳ).  Only this Corinthian letter used this word ἐπιτιμία, that means punishment or penalty.  Someone in Corinth had been punished enough by the majority of the Christian Corinthians.  Who is this mysterious person?  He could be the incestuous man mentioned in 1 Cor chapter 5:1-5 or he may have been an outspoken critic or slanderer of Paul.  Paul indicated that he had already received enough punishment.  However, there is no indication who this person was, what he did, or what his punishment was.  Do you think that some people receive too harsh a punishment?

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